Tuesday letters: It’s unfair to target pit bulls

January 28, 2014 

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TRACY GLANTZ — Tracy Glantz

— Columbia’s City Council is considering new restrictions on pit bull owners. I’m sure some own pits because their loyalty can induce them to fight, but they also can be sweet, gentle dogs who are no more aggressive than any other dog.

Opie came to us as a stray, so we have no idea who or what his parents are, but he clearly has bull ancestry. He is a wonderful dog, and I am so glad he found us. I normally would have been very dubious, as a few on City Council seem to be, about adopting a pit, given the reputation, but I remembered an essay that a student had written defending the pit, based on her experience with a dog who came to her in a similar fashion. She wrote of the breed very persuasively.

Yes, there are dogs who bite. When she was very young, my older daughter had a serious bite from a German shepherd we owned. Later, I received a bite, not so serious but more than a nip, from a German shepherd who somehow felt he needed to guard his owner who was inside the shop I was entering. However, I would not want to see German shepherd owners having to pay extra fees.

I do not live in Columbia, so whatever the City Council does, it will not affect me. However, I think that the council needs to realize that you cannot legislate against a particular breed of dog.

Holly Westcott

Aiken

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